Today, we’re going to look at a potential second round pick in Noah Gregor. I’m going to mention now that the rest of the profiles won’t be as in-depth as the first round ones, mostly because there isn’t as much out there for these prospects. But Noah Gregor! Gregor played in the Western Hockey League this year, suiting up for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He had a decent year, playing with Tampa prospect Brayden Point and Florida prospect Dryden Hunt. He could be a very good pick for the Devils in the second round. Learn more about Gregor below.
From: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Weight: 176 lbs
There aren’t as many rankings for non-first round prospects yet. I will try to update them as they come out. As of right now, these are the rankings I could find.
Bob McKenzie Mid-Season: 58th
Craig Button: 44th
The Draft Analyst: 38th
NHL Central Scouting: 45th (NA Skaters)
From these rankings, it’s safe to say that Gregor could be available when the Devils draft in the second round (pick 41). I expect to see him rise in Bob’s final rankings, since he has risen basically the entire year. In his last mock draft for the 2nd round, Steve at The Draft Analyst had Gregor going 35th to the Flames. You can find the mock here. His average ranking out of these four sources is 46th.
Noah broke his collarbone early in his rookie season, basically missing the entire year. 10 games isn’t a very large sample size, so there’s no point in looking into the 6 points in 7 games. His first full year was very encouraging. He put up just over a point per game (1.01 PPG) with 73 points in 72 games. He also contributed in the playoffs, putting up 9 points in 10 games for Moose Jaw. It’s good to see him come back from injury and play a very productive full year. He also played in the CHL Top Prospects game for Team Cherry.
Gregor doesn’t have much international experience. He did represent Canada at this years U18 World Championship. He put up 2 assists in the tournament, which were also his only points.
There wasn’t that much out there about Gregor when it came to quotes. The first quote I want to look at is from Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey Writers. Kennedy said:
“At the start of the season, scouts weren’t paying too much attention to Gregor, who missed most of last year due to a collarbone injury. But his play with the Warriors has made him one of the biggest surprises in the WHL and now scouts can’t get enough of his quickness, his smarts with the puck and his compete level.”
He clearly wasn’t on many radars in the beginning of the year because of his previous injury, but Gregor played himself into contention for a 2nd round pick. One thing that I think stands out is his smarts with the puck. That’s something that you can’t get enough of in a prospect.
The next quote is from Gregor’s coach, Tim Hunter. Hunter talks about how Gregor wasn’t getting as much attention as other Moose Jaw players Zach Sawchenko and Brett Howden, and how that helped him improve his game. Quote from Ryan Pike’s article at The Hockey Writers.
“If you compare the ice time that Howden had compared to him – and Howden was at the U18 world championships, at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, so lots of hockey – and Gregor missed almost a whole year and to be caught up and have had a real good year is impressive. And that’s a testament to him putting a lot of time in when he was hurt and then when he was healthy more time and hard work all summer.”
This is some high praise from Hunter. To put it in different words, Gregor missed a lot of time and still improved and played well compared to Howden, who, while also playing well, has had more opportunities. It also speaks to his work ethic and drive, as he did what he had to and more to improve.
Our final quote is from NHL Central Scouting.
“Solid two way center with skill and smarts – excellent on the penalty kill; never gives up on a play while back checking and is responsible to stay with his check – battles hard in all areas, strong skater that does a lot of the hard work for line mates.”
It’s obvious that Gregor is a smart player and plays his hardest. All three quotes mentioned this in different ways. That’s something that you want in a player. The good part about Gregor is he also has the skill to go with it. He’s a smart player and can create chances and space for his teammates because of his hard work. I also like how he’s an excellent penalty killer. Getting players that can play both ends of the ice is very important.
Scoring Line’s Opinion
I would be very happy with Gregor in the 2nd round. I really like how he bounced back after a rookie season that could really hurt a kid mentally. He put up good numbers, and he can play solid in both ends of the ice. He’s also impressed scouts enough to rise up the draft rankings, which is a good sign. This pick is going to be an important pick. You obviously have to hit with your 1st round pick, but hitting on the 2nd or 3rd is great for a team. I like Gregor a lot, and I think he would be a very nice piece to help the Devils rebuild.
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Simon/Moose Jaw Warriors)